About AMBA

Albuquerque Mountain Bike Association (AMBA) is a volunteer, non-profit mountain bike advocacy organization serving the greater Albuquerque area.

AMBA is an IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) Chapter. Tapping into the roots of the former IMBA Chapter, FOO (Friends of the Outdoors), we are committed to continue advocating mountain biking in the greater Albuquerque area.

AMBA builds community as well as trails. Momentum is building, and people just like you are volunteering their time. AMBA is not just about one agenda item. Our members have various personal reasons for coming together such as, giving back to the sport, trail building, organizing races, and organizing community rides, just to name a few.

Whatever your passion, AMBA has a place for you! We are a collaborative group who utilize our individual passion for the sport in an effort to move forward with establishing a terrific mountain bike riding community in Albuquerque. We welcome your participation. Join AMBA today!

  • Established 2015
  • IMBA Chapter and 501(c)3
  • $55,000 in grants (in process) to go directly to trail work in 2017
  • Partner with other trail associations such as PATA (Placitas Area Trail Association), Friends of the Sandias, and East Mount Regional Trails Association
  • Partner with the Forest Service and Albuquerque Open Space to recruit trail volunteers and provide trail tools
  • Represent mountain bikers in the Forest Services Paln revision process
  • Meetup group with approximately 300 members and over 98 events completed since June 2015
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A Brief History

FOO Forms in Response to the Closing of Otero Canyon

Friends of Otero (FOO) was founded in the summer of 2003 by a group of local volunteers opposed to the closing of one of the state’s most well known mountain biking trail networks, Otero Canyon.

FOO Merges with Trail Partners

Another well-known organization, Trail Partners, was a long time Trail Building organization initially established in 1984 by Charlie Ervin, owner of Two Wheel Drive. Trail Partners had a long and well established reputation for supporting NM Trail Networks under the leadership of Mark Reineke and Margie Tatro. In 2008, FOO and Trail Partners merged.

FOO Becomes an IMBA Chapter

In 2012, FOO went through the process of becoming an IMBA chapter.

AMBA Begins

In May, 2013, FOO received notice from the IRS that its 503(c)(3) status was revoked for not filing a Form 990 with the IRS. After some investigation, it was determined that in 2008 the IRS changed their policy and all organizations were required to file a new form (990-N) just for small nonpfits. So when FOO joined IMBA and applied for 501(c)(3) status, the IRS realized the missing tax forms and 501(c)(3) status was revoked.

After consulting with tax professionals and other IMBA chapters who were facing the same challenge, it was determined that the best course of action was to disband FOO and establish a new organization. On March 19, 2014, at a FOO meeting, all members present voted to dissolve FOO.

Throughout the rest of 2014 and into 2015, efforts were made to solicit volunteers willing to help with the formation and continuation of an Albuquerque based mountain bike organization. The process was slow, but over time, and with the help of Patrick Kell, IMBA southwest representative, a core group of people stepped up to start the rebuilding process.

As of April, 2015, AMBA (the Albuquerque Mountain Bike Association) is in the process of forming. Tapping into the roots of the former FOO organizatin, our goal is to continue mountain bike advocacy in the greater Albuquerque area. AMBA will build community as well as trails. Much work needs to be done to formally establish the group and reapply to become an IMBA chapter, however momentum is building and people are volunteering their time.